NJPW “Sengoku Enbu -KIZNA- Presents THE NEW BEGINNING in SAPPORO~ Revival! Sapporo Decisive Battle in Snow”, 2/5/2017 [Sun] 15:00 @ Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center, Hokkai KitaYell
5,545 Spectators (crowded)
(1) KUSHIDA & Hirai Kawato vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
◆Winner: Desperado (7:34) with the Guitara de Angel on Kawato. ~ The returning Desperado looks to be wanting to put his name in as part of the new junior force in New Japan. With a staredown with KUSHIDA following the match.
(2) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs. Yoshitatsu, Henare & Tomoyuki Oka
◆Winner: Nagata (7:48) with the Nagata Lock II on Oka.
(3) Katsuyori Shibata, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Will Ospreay, Jado & Gedo
◆Winner: Ospreay (6:47) following the OsCutter on Tiger. ~ Ospreay made a declaration that he will take the British belt away from Shibata on 2/11.
(4) YOSHI-HASHI vs. Takashi Iizuka
◆Winner: YOSHI-HASHI (7:00) with the Karma.
(5) Michael Elgin, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Dragon Lee vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi
◆Winner: Lee (13:03) with the Death Nukadora. ~ Dragon Lee and Hiromu had a staredown as they head into the IWGP Junior match on 2/11.
(6) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [49th Champions] Rocky Romero & Barreta vs. [Challengers] Taichi & TAKA Michinoku
◆Winner: Barreta (13:37) with the Strong Zero on TAKA.
~ 1st successful title defense. ~ Kanemaru and Desperado with the surprise attack after the match as they made the next challenge for the belts.
(7) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [15th Champion] Hirooki Goto vs. [Challenger] Juice Robinson
◆Winner: Goto (14:41) following the GTR.
~ 1st successful title defense.
(8) IWGP Tag Championship 3WAY Match: [73rd Champions] Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. [Challengers] Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. [Challengers] Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
◆Winner: Yano (13:35) with a School Boy on Makabe.
~ 1st successful title defense. ~ Yano and Ishii proved to be an effective team as the secure their reign as the champion.
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [65th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Minoru Suzuki
◆Winner: Okada (40:46) following the Rainmaker.
~ 3rd successful title defense. ~ Suzuki’s repeated assaults over the last week did not give him the final edge to defeat the champion. As he took every chance to assault Okada in and out of the ring leading up to the match. ~ No one came forward to challenge Okada after the match, but he expects the winner of next months “NEW JAPAN CUP” to be ready.
~ Okada also hinted that he wants a match against the mysterious Tiger Mask W.